I have a distant female cousin who is a welder. She lives in Alberta and goes into the Far North for a set number of weeks, then gets time off at home, then back to work. She makes good money and loves what she does.
Any skilled trade is better off financially than a college degree.
Using student loans to get a trade school certification is 40% of the loans needed to get a bachelor's degree. The base salary of a tradesman is about 90% of a salary for someone with that bachelor's. You can do the math.
The good news is the tradesman can run most or all of the overtime they want and their skills are in premium demand in certain places. Of course, you're working outdoors under inhospitable conditions rather than a temperature controlled office, but hey.
I did the math the other day. Last year, a 40-hour a week office worker, running every weekday will get to work until December 6th. The rest of the year is the seven basic holidays and two weeks vacation. Me? in that same year I worked until just after lunch on January 11th. That's 205 hours or 25.65 days of overtime. An extra $6k in income. And that year included 3 weeks of vacation.